A Kansas law puts greater restrictions on Uber drivers, including the requirement to carry $1 million insurance when there's a fare in the vehicle. In response, the ridesharing app is no longer available in the market.
Uber is working with BYD to lease the automaker's E6 five-door hatchback EV to the ridesharing drivers in Chicago, as part of the pilot program. The test already includes about 25 drivers and could grow to around 200.
A company called Gotham Air is hoping to take ridesharing to the skies. Somewhat like Uber for helicopters, the service lets customers reserve flights from Manhattan to either JFK or New Liberty airports. The company claims it can shuttle people from place to place in as little as six minutes.
The Taxi and Limousine Tribunal in New York City temporarily closed five of Uber's six bases in the Big Apple until they handed over some ride data from last year. However, while an appeal is pending, they are open again.
Ridesharing service Uber is having a rough time legally these days. The app is blacklisted in India because a driver is accused of raping a female passenger, and now Portland, OR, is putting up its own legal defense against the on-demand taxis to keep them off the city's roads. The business is facing an investigation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well.
The growing popularity of on-demand taxi services like Uber and Lyft is revolutionizing the way people get around in many cities. Early data is starting to show that in the long term, they could lead to a fundamental change in the whole industry. The first steps of this transformation are already being felt on the streets of New York.
More and more users are finding on-demand ridesharing services to be extremely convenient. However, there isn't much love for the competition among traditional taxi drivers for these new services, with some going so far as to protest their development in Europe earlier this year. Now, fresh controversy is popping up around Uber, with accusations surfacing that it's instructing drivers how to illegally pick up and drop off people at South Florida airports, including Miami International.